Posted by: University of Mississippi | April 20, 2009

AIPAC challenger steps up to plate…

For the first time in its history, “The Israel Lobby” is witnessing an organized rebellion from within its ranks (“mutiny” may prove to be a better term).  J Street, a relatively new Israeli lobby in the U.S., is lossening AIPAC’s (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) grip on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.  The most powerful foreign lobby in the U.S. is currently directed by Israel’s Right wing.  J Street, on the other hand, appears to hold a genuine desire for peace in the Israeli/Palestinian region.  J Street is owned and operated by Israelis and Jewish Americans who oppose the settlements in the West Bank for both social and economic reasons. 

The story of David and Goliath comes to mind, as does its heroic conclusion.  After all, it was David who, when looking up into the eyes of his heavily-armored oppenent, announced fearlessly: “…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that God saves not with sword and speare…” (1 Samuel 17).


Leonard Doyle | 18 Apr 2009

The most powerful Jewish lobby in America is facing an unprecedented threat from a rival pro-peace pressure group that is vying for the ear of President Barack Obama.

“For the past 25 years, the influential and hawkish American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) has helped thwart every US presidential effort to deliver Middle East peace on terms it was unhappy with. The lobby’s legendary stranglehold over US foreign policy is now receding with the rise of J Street, which describes itself as the “political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement…

“While there is nothing ‘right’ in raining rockets on Israeli families or dispatching suicide bombers, there is nothing ’right’ in punishing a million and a half already-suffering Gazans for the actions of the extremists among them,” the organisation told its members.

“In twelve months J Street has mushroomed, becoming Washington’s leading pro-Israel political action committee. Its success has surprised founding members like Joel Rubin, who expected Aipac to act more aggressively to try to snuff out the new organisation, perhaps by leaning on its major donors. “They missed an opportunity and it is too late now,” he said.”

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